AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Program Overview

 

BZ Enrichment is designed to enrich the diverse interests and talents of our students. And whether they’re looking for ways to sharpen their creativity, strengthen their bodies, or challenge their minds, they’ll find a wide variety of activities that will interest them. With new programs to sign up for three times a year, they’ll always find something new to explore.

Many of our BZ Enrichment activities are developed and taught by our talented faculty members. Students can add to their arts experience with guitar, music theatre, or woodshop and creativity lab. They can pursue physical activity with martial arts or yoga, or sharpen their skills in chess or science and engineering. We’re proud to offer such a diverse and ever-changing array of activities as part of the Bernard Zell vision of fostering a flexible and dynamic learning community.

We offer the following on a daily basis:
BZ Before 7:00-8:00 am 
BZ Beyond 3:45-6:00 PM (2:45-4:00 pm on Fridays)
Enrichment Classes 3:45-4:45 PM

For 2018-2019 we will offer three sessions:

Fall Session    
8/27/18 - 11/16/18 BZ Before and BZ Beyond
9/4/18 - 11/16/18 Enrichment Classes
Winter Session    
11/26/18 - 3/8/19 BZ Before and BZ Beyond
11/26/18 - 3/8/19 Enrichment Classes
Spring Session    
3/11/19 - 6/5/19 BZ Before and BZ Beyond
3/11/19 - 5/31/19 Enrichment Classes


Browse the Current Classes section above for details on the Enrichment Courses for the current session. Once you have made your selections, click the Registration Form Tab to sign up.

Registration Form

Leaders in Training

Leaders in Training

Do you see yourself as a leader? Strong leadership skills are a great way to set yourself up for a bright future. Bernard Zell is excited to announce a brand new enrichment program geared toward our Middle School students to help develop their leadership skills!

In this challenging and rewarding program, students will expand their organizational skills, patience, and strategies for working with younger children, and will learn how to implement creative ideas. The curriculum will include learning child development, health, safety, and leadership. This will be done through “field work” in the after school classes.

Leaders in Training will assist enrichment class instructors or BZ Beyond staff in their classrooms. LITs will gain experience in areas such as conflict resolution skills, types of leadership skills, and practice learning how to  work as a team. 

Middle School students will be given the choice to pick an after school program that appeals to them. Every three weeks students will have the choice to change classes. After the first two classes students will meet with our LIT Instructor, Johnny Krug Student Activities Coordinator, to have a structured conversation about the different skills they have learned, areas in which they wish to grow, and how they can use these skills outside of school.

This program has limited number of spaces available, we are opening this program up to first come first serve. Registration will open November 5th and each class will accept two LITs. The class will have a fee of only $175.00.

If you have any questions please email our Student Activities Coordinator Johnny Krug at Jkrug@bernardzell.org.
 

Current Classes

For the 2018 Winter Session we are proud to offer the following classes. Read through the descriptions for each day, choose the classes for your child(ren) and then click on the Registration Form tab to sign up. Registration closes December 1st, 2018.

Pricing for BZ Enrichment classes varies based on the number of days that a class will meet in a given session, as well as the materials and staff required for a particular program.

Please note that if a class does not have a minimum of four students the class will be cancelled. If this happens parents will be notified and refunded. 

Course Descriptions

Monday Classes

MONDAYS - November 26 - March 4
3:35 PM - 4:45 PM

Chess
Grades: 1 - 4 Teacher: Metro Chess Price: $250      

Metro Chess School ("Metro Chess") gives students the tools to succeed in life through learning the game of chess. We serve students in schools all over the United States. Metro Chess School is a brand of Metropolitan Chess, Inc. An organization dedicated to providing opportunities for chess players to learn, improve, and grow.

 

     
Shaolin Kung Fu
Grades: 1 - 8 Teacher: Sifu Catherine Price: $250      

This class features higher belt level training techniques including self-defense, forms, and basic. Fast paced class includes traditional Shaolin Kung Fu, conditioning and stretching. The class meets at Quads gym (next door) and pick up is at Quads at 4:45.

 

     
Knuckleball Comedy
Grades: SK - 8 Teacher: Knuckleball Vendor Price: $250      

With direction and coaching from an experienced comedian, participants will learn the basics of improvisation and performance through fun mind games and interactive play.  Along the way, participants will gain valuable communication and team working skills as they learn to listen and think creatively. At the end of the session, kids will also produce and star in their very own improv comedy show which is sure to receive lots of laughs from both the audience and participants!  Sign up now and let’s build confidence and new friendships while we laugh together.

 
Yoga
Grades: 1 - 5                                                                                                                              Price: $250

Mission Propelle empowers girls in elementary school to discover who they are, what they believe, and how to advocate for themselves. We accomplish this through an after-school program that combines yoga, reading, and mentoring. In each one-hour class, girls develop mindfulness, deep breathing techniques, and self-confidence as they practice yoga. They learn how to solve problems by reading original storybooks starring Dottie Tov, a relatable and age-aligned female protagonist. The girls discuss the content of the book and how it relates to their own life. Throughout class, girls learn to apply leadership skills in their everyday lives as they receive situation-based mentorship from trained instructors. All girls receive digital downloads of the original storybooks each month!

Hip Hop
Grades: 1 - 4                                                                                                                            Price: $250

This class will focus on the basics and fundamentals of hip hop, a social dance that raised to the top in the 90s and continues to evolve today. Students will be working on picking up rhythm through moves that include popping, locking, footwork, and freestyle. As they begin to understand the basics of dancing to rhythm through fundamental hip hop moves, we will move on to learning more choreography based phrases. This class will be a high energy,  fun, and all inclusive class where students will tap into their creativity, funk, and confidence.

 

     

Tuesday Classes

TUESDAYS - November 27 - March 5
7:00 AM - 7:45 AM

Ultimate Frisbee
Grades: 3 - 8 Teacher: Mr. Shapiro Price: $300.00
Come explore the wild world of flying disc games with Mr. Shapiro on the Field of Dreams. Learn how to throw your standard forehand and backhands, perhaps even graduate to hammers, scoobers and push passes. We will learn about Ultimate and play games such as Gaoltimate, Box, Stump the Chump and Texas Boot. No experience necessary, but come ready and excited to run and leave it on the field.
 
 

TUESDAYS - November 27 - March 5
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

BZ Knitting Club
Grades: 1 - 8 Teacher: Ms. Dunn Price: $325.00
Knitting is a wonderful art form and great hobby. Come join the BZ Knitting Club and learn to express your creativity as you make a hat, a rug, a wall hanging, a purse, a phone cover, or whatever you want! All beginning students will learn to knit by making a winter hat. Veteran club members are given more flexibility, and will be guided to make something for one of the many patterns or pattern books.
 
Scrapbooking
Grades: 3 - 6 Teacher: Ms. Bernstein Price: $320.00

Students will get the opportunity to scrapbook special events in their life to create a physical memory of their own. Students can choose to bring in birth pictures, special events, birthdays, holidays, and so on to display. Participants will learn new fun ways of decorating paper and will have the chance to share stories that are represented in their scrapbook pages. If you are a bit artsy, love sharing stories about yourself, your family and your friends and want to make sure you will remember them, this is the activity for you.

 

Musical Theatre Workshop

Grades: 4 - 8 Teacher: Mr. Zane Price: $305.50

Students will work on singing and acting by way of working on musical theatre pieces. Group songs, solos, duets and more will be available as students learn how to tell a story through song. Students will also learn to give and receive feedback on technique. Beyond musical theatre skills, students will gain confidence and teamwork.

 

Beginner's Coding
Grades: Sk - 1                                                            Teacher: Ms Russell                           Price: $325           
Have you ever wished you knew how to code and program, but had no idea where to start from? This coulrse will teach you how to program in an easy to use visual programming language. More importantly, it will introduce you to the fundamental principles of computing and it will help you think like a software engineer.

Wednesday Classes

WEDNESDAYS - November 28 - March 6
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Homework Hot Spot
Grades: 5 - 8 Teacher: Ms. Bernstein Price: $300.00
This after school homework helping session is your one-stop shop for reading, writing, history or science. Whether you want study tips for that upcoming vocabulary quiz, need to review a science lesson from the week or really want to take that history project to the next level, Homework Hot Spot is the place for you.
 
Potions and Mixtures for Muggles
Grades: 2 - 3 Teacher: Mr. Simeon Price: $320.00

Okay, so we can’t make tonics to make you look like someone else or elixirs that help you grow back your bones. Instead, 2nd and 3rd graders learn the chemistry of making everyday products like play slime, toothpaste, and shampoos. There is no need to correctly pronounce difficult incantations in Latin or risk the invocation of dark spirits from the underworld – only real life science at work. 

Intro to Spanish
Grades: SK - 1                                                             Teacher: Ms. Townhouse                     Price: $325.00

This fun, interactive course for middle school students is filled with diverse, multimedia language activities. Students begin their introduction to Spanish by focusing on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Ms.Townhouse started studying Spanish in the third grade.  She continued to study the language all throughout college, and eventually decided to use these skills to serve bilingual communities, teaching dual-immersion English to Spanish-speaking populations. She is currently an Adjunct Instructor of ESL in Chicago.

Enriching Torah Knowledge 
Grades: N - SK                                                             Teacher: Ms. Snyder                                Price: $325.00

Through arts and crafts projects students will learn about the Parshat Hasha. Also students will mix in Hebrew vocab to reinforce what’s being taught during Jewish Studies classes.

Thursday Classes

THURSDAYS - November 28 - March 7
3:35 PM - 4:45 PM
 
Art Crazy
Grades: 1 - 4 Teacher: Shosh Bernstein Price: $315.00
Want to decorate your room or house in fun creative ways? This is the class for you! Students will experience different types of art projects inspired by fun, creative projects on Pinterest. 
 
 
Jedi Lego Engineering 
Grades: K - 3 Teacher: Play-Well Technologies Vendor Price: $315.00

The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi! Explore engineering principles by designing and building projects such as LEGO® X-Wings, R2 Units, Energy Catapults, Defense Turrets, and Settlements from a galaxy far, far away. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire! Please note that this class is from 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM.

 

Creative Coding
Grades: 2 - 4 Teacher: Michelle Russell Price: $315.00

Open your child's eyes to the world of creative coding using Scratch, a program that helps kids visualize and craft code. In this class students will be using physical robots and Scratch to learn Basic programming concepts, How to think logically, Critical thinking and Problem Solving skills. Students will be challenged to think creatively and outside the box to code their own stories and/or games.

Tinkering with Recyclables 
Grades: 3 - 4                                  Teacher: Mr. Simeon                                                           Price: $310.00

We're taking recyclables and cardboard boxes and coming up with new uses for them. Don't let that plastic bottle go to waste. Bring it to class and let's use it to invent something you can use around the home. 

Hip Hop
Grades: N-SK                                                                                                                                Price: $300

This class will focus on the basics and fundamentals of hip hop, a social dance that raised to the top in the 90s and continues to evolve today. Students will be working on picking up rhythm through moves that include popping, locking, footwork, and freestyle. As they begin to understand the basics of dancing to rhythm through fundamental hip hop moves, we will move on to learning more choreography based phrases. This class will be a high energy,  fun, and all inclusive class where students will tap into their creativity, funk, and confidence.

Kids Yoga
Grades: N - SK                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Price: $300
Children will learn how to focus and center themselves with various breathing and visualization techniques. They will also learn self-respect and respect for others with the practice of fun and challenging poses, partner and group poses, lots of yoga games, breathing and basic anatomy. Class is 60 minutes.

Friday Classes

FRIDAYS - November 30 - March 8
7:00 AM - 7:45 AM

Intramurals
Grades: 2 - 8 Teacher: Coach Sheahan Price: $300.00
Join Coach Sheahan for floor hockey and basketball. Students will be put into teams and play weekly regular season games, with a tournament and an all-star game at the end of the session. This class is held from 7:00-7:45 a.m. All levels of experience welcome. 
 

Fridays - November 30 - March 8
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Intermediate Guitar
Grades: 1 - 8 Teacher: Ms. Dunn Price: $315.00
Students in Intermediate Guitar will continue to learn basic chords and strums and how to play simple melodies on the guitar. We will be building on the skills the children have been learning since the beginning of the year. If your child has studied guitar outside of school and would like to join this class, please speak with Ms. Dunn before signing up. Students may only join this guitar class with permission of Ms. Dunn.
 
Friday Fun
Grades: 3-6 Teachers: Coach Sheahan and Stacy Pando Price: $300.00
Start your weekend on the right (or left) foot with Coach Sheahan in this fast paced 60 minute offering. We will play a variety of sports and games. All levels welcome.
 
MahJong
Grades: 3 - 8 Teacher: Renee Kruss Price: $300.00
Join us and enjoy a delightful hour of MahJong and laughs with new and old friends.
 

Clay Creations

Grades: JK - 3 Teacher: Susan Custer Price: $320.00

We will use clay to build functional and fun works of art. Bring your creativity and be ready to try something new! Students will experiment with different hand building techniques and tools while doing brand new clay projects!

 

Craft and Cardboard Club
Grades: N - 8th                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Price: $350 
Turn everyday objects into works of art (no two weeks will be the same) with our Crafting Club! Students are exposed to the nuances of mixed media materials, as we explore everything from origami paper to pipe cleaners and "build up" to cardboard creations. Join us as we craft animals from old books, keychains from fused beads, and hand puppets from felt. Students will also have the opportunity to share their designs, reflect on their process, ask questions, revise their work, receive peer feedback, take home their creations, and get messy! 
 
 
Chess
Grades: N - SK                              Teacher: Metro Chess                                                          Price: $300
Metro Chess School ("Metro Chess") gives students the tools to succeed in life through learning the game of chess. We serve students in schools all over the United States. Metro Chess School is a brand of Metropolitan Chess, Inc. An organization dedicated to providing opportunities for chess players to learn, improve, and grow. 
 

 

BZ Before and BZ Beyond Details

BZ Beyond is an after-care opportunity that extends your student's day of programming through creative play, reading, self-guided homework and more. We offer two sessions for students in grades Nursery to 8th.

BZ Beyond Extended is offered Monday through Friday from 3:35 pm to 6:00 pm (4:00 pm on Winter Fridays)
BZ Beyond Supplemental is offered Monday through Thursday from 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm

You may sign your child up for five days of BZ Beyond Extended, or you may choose a combination of individual days and Enrichment Classes. The choice is yours.

Click on the Current Classes tab to view the Enrichment Classes currently being offered. Once you have made your selections, click the Registration Link to sign up.